Having or adopting a baby can be both exciting and overwhelming. Lots of decisions have to be made in a relatively short period of time. To make life a little easier on yourself, check out the list of what to put on your Baby Registry and Not.
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The Yes List
Baby Blanket-Several blankets are great to have for making a quick diaper changing area on floor or resting area.
Baby Bottle Cleaning Brush
Baby Formula Holder
Baby Friendly Laundry Detergent-Such as Dreft or Honest Company
Baby Lotion and Shampoo
Board Books-Great for reading to baby from an early age.
Boppy Pillow and Covers-A good choice for moms planning to breast feed.
Bouncy Seat-Great for placing those young kiddos where they can be strapped in safely but still have some motion.
Car Seat with Stroller Combo-These car seats can easily be moved from car to the stroller. This feature is super handy.
Changing Pad and Covers-Good to have several covers so they can be switched out for washing.
Cloth Diapers-If you will be using disposable diapers, these are great for burp clothes.
Clothes-Select mostly 3 to 6 month outfits or 6 to 9 months, since babies grow out of 0 to 3 months so quickly. You will tend to get lots of that smaller size anyway without asking.
Also, aim for outfits that are easy on and easy off. With infants, you will be changing outfits multiple times a day.
Crib and Pack and Play Sheets
Diaper Bag-Good to ask for a larger one and a smaller grab and go one for shorter outings.
Diaper Cream-A lifesaver for keeping diaper rash and irritation from becoming a big issue for your baby.
Feeding Spoons-Love the spoons with temperature indicators that tell you if food is too hot.
Health Care Kit-With digital thermometer, soft hairbrush, nasal suction bulb, and nail clippers.
High Chair for Feeding
Oulet Covers and Cabinet Locks
Rocker/Glider with Ottoman-Fantastic for nursing and rocking your baby back to sleep when needed.
Socks-Just ask for one package because with newborns and young babies socks just do not stay on.
Umbrella Stroller-An excellent stroller for when your child is out of the infant/newborn stage and doesn’t need the extra head and neck support.
Waterproof Mattress Covers
The No Gos
Bassinet/Cradle-Baby will quickly outgrow this temporary bed.
Baby Wipe Warmers and Baby Bottle Warmers-Because when you have a crying little one, you don’t have much time for things to warm up.
Comforter and Crib Bumper Sets-According to many experts, this bedding is simply not safe in an infant’s crib.
Pacifier and UV Bottle Sanitizers-Some simple boiling water sanitizing will do the trick.
Shopping Cart Seat Cover-Take some sanitizing wipes and a few paper towels with you to wipe off cart handles that baby might put their mouthed on.
Where To Register
Even if you have a favorite local spot where you want to create a baby registry, also strongly consider creating one at a national chain, as well. That way out-of-town family and friends can easily locate your registry and purchase a gift online or in the store. Target and Babies R Us are two good options to consider because you receive extras such as discounts with your registration.
For more tips:
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